Who We Are
Acting Director, Berklee Music and Health Institute; Chair, Music Therapy Department
Joy Allen joined Berklee as chair of the Music Therapy Department in August 2016. She is an accomplished clinician, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and administrator with extensive experience in psychological health, pain management, and the family system. Allen has expertise working with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues, applying a family systems approach. She is particularly passionate about working with individuals and families facing chronic illnesses, including cancer. Her current research interests include quantitative analysis of the effects of music therapy on the psychological health of medical patients, guided imagery and music with medical patients, and medical music therapy theory development and efficacy. She comes to Berklee from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she served as coordinator of music therapy and as an associate professor.
Sharon M. Lynch
Operations and Events Manager, Berklee Music and Health Institute
Sharon Lynch first came to Berklee in 2009 and was instrumental in the development of the Berklee City Music PULSE website. She and her team created educational music-based videos, interactive games, and song recordings for underserved youth nationwide. She also served as director of media development for Berklee Digital Learning. In this role, she collaborated closely with Berklee’s leaders, faculty, students, visiting artists, subject experts, instructional designers, and production, creative, and technology teams. Together they created some unique student learning media experiences, such as Berklee’s online art history and rock history courses. Under her direction, this creative group also produced multiple student recruitment videos aimed at informing prospective students about Berklee’s many major offerings. Prior to Berklee, Lynch was one of the cofounders of a successful women-owned production company, Creative Works, which was voted one of the top producers in the country. In addition, she worked in radio and television, interviewing, writing, and reporting on-air news and special interest stories.